Holiday Music

December 7, 2008 at 12:35 pm 3 comments

So, it’s the holidays… time for tree trimming, eggnog (oh the calories!), parties, and… holiday music. I love this time of year, it’s my favorite season with all the lights on the houses and the chill (albeit a Phoenix chill) in the air, and I’m a fan of holiday music. I like the songs I hear year after year about Santa, Rudolph, Frosty and all the others, but I think that we all have favorite holiday songs and… the ever popular but ever-disgusting holiday dirge that we are forced to listen to. So here are my favorite and LEAST favorite holiday songs, in no particular order:

Mary’s Boy Child — Boney M
Beautiful City — New Christy Minstrels
Glorious — Melissa Etheridge
Old City Bar — Trans-Siberian Orchestra
‘Zat You, Santa Claus — Louis Armstrong
River — Sarah McLachlan
Hanukkah Blessings — Barenaked Ladies
Perfect Christmas Night — Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Okay… so for the least favorites, I doubt I know the names of the artist… so I’ll simply list the name of the song and if you know it… you’ll know it…

LEAST favorite:
Christmas Shoes
I want a hippopotamus for Christmas…
a variety of incarnations of Frosty the Snowman
Wonderful Christmastime — Paul McCartney
Dominick the Donkey
Any song involving chipmunks singing it..

What about you? What are your thoughts on holiday music?


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  • 1. William  |  December 7, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    I am absolutely down with your “least favorite” choices. One of the reasons I generally tell strangers that I don’t like Christmas music at all is my fear that at any moment they’ll make me listen to that terrible, dreadful Paul McCartney mess. Seriously, I’d rather listen to the gnarliest, least redeeming black metal in the known universe than that song. I also loathe Christmas Shoes, which is about as uplifting and beautiful as an appendectomy. I happen to think that Christmas music should be mildly uplifting. Maybe not as smarmy and over the top as Up With People, but not as darkly-themed as Swedish death metal either. Another one I can’t stand is the one about the dove with the broken wing, but I can’t remember the title. It’s so sickeningly sweet I feel like I should inject myself with insulin.

    I am also quite done with “Santa Baby” or whatever it’s called. It makes me long for death, or at least a complete (but temporary) loss of hearing.

    Burl Ives. I like Christmas music by Burl Ives. I also really like “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” by Twisted Sister, and I like the sound of “Little Drummer Boy” by Joan Jett. The way she rolls her R’s does something strange to me. But as a semi-general rule, most Christmas music is for me background material, something that helps establish the mood of the holiday without necessarily coming all the way forward into the front part of my brain.

  • 2. Scott K  |  December 7, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    You’re going to hate me for this, but I would have to add “Christmas Canon” by Trans Siberian Orchestra to the list of worst Christmas songs. All they did was steal Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major and add an annoying kid’s choir. Worse yet, most people think that TSO actually wrote the tune.

    There’s two categories for me:

    -Christmas songs that are overplayed or over-covered (i.e. recorded by too many artists),

    -Christmas songs that are truly awful.

    Songs like “White Christmas,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, and “The Christmas Song” fall into the former, while Christmas Shoes most definitely is in the latter.

    More recently “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and “This Christmas” have been recorded by so many singers that they are beginning to get tiresome.

    I love Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime” though.

  • 3. chollachick  |  December 8, 2008 at 4:11 am

    I am not a huge fan of “Christmas Canon” though I do like the newer version called “Christmas Canon Rock” which I think is interesting and the lady’s voice who sings it is just gorgeous. And if people think that TSO actually wrote the Canon then they must also think they wrote “O Holy Night” and all of the other songs they play. While I’m not a fan of Mannheim Steamroller, I do enjoy most, if not nearly all, TSO music.


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